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GET TECH READY: 2021 Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Summit

March 24 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm


Factories and supply chains interconnected through advanced networking and computing technologies that enable products and production capabilities. Implementing advanced manufacturing technology services, referred to as Industry 4.0, can help your company to:

  • Achieve better product quality and innovation
  • Improve manufacturing process efficiency and productivity
  • Increase supply chain connectivity
  • Collaborate with and cater to your customers

Incorporation of any of the 9 core advanced manufacturing technology can make you more competitive in the marketplace and fuel your business growth. Advanced manufacturing experts will be on hand on March 24 to explain these technologies and how they can resolve manufacturing challenges.


Reducing the Risk of Automation with Virtual Reality  |  Andy Berberich, INTEGRIS Group

  • Industry 4.0 is a mindset shift in addition to new and more powerful technologies. Based on their extensive experience in engineering and manufacturing, INTEGRIS will share how a different approach from the industry standard can help you realize the full benefits of Industry 4.0. INTEGRIS will show how new technology – including Digital Twin and the use of virtual reality – reduces the risk for manufacturers and makes automation more attainable. 

Internet of Things for Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturers  |  Chris Misztur, Mr. IIoT

  • Internet of Things, and more specifically the Industrial Internet of Things, embodies the initial stages of a Digital Transformation journey which can be broken down into the following components: 
    • Connectivity – the act of physically connecting machine tools to create an industrial network in order to extract operational data
    • Protocol interoperability – leveraging higher level industrial standards such as OPC-UA and MTConnect in order to enable cross asset communication and simplify integration 
    • Data semantics – creating a shared vocabulary across common pieces of equipment for the purposes of data management, data validation, and business system integration 
  • Cybersecurity – segmentation of the industrial network from the business network to prevent new attack vectors
  • A foundational approach to IIoT allows your business to explore different problem solving tactics, supports shifting objectives, and remains flexible as you gain operational intelligence.  

Big Data/Data Analytics  |  Debbie Altham, Sikich

  • Data is the new oil. The Economist created a great visual thought with that now famous statement.  And like oil, data doesn’t have much use unless it is accessible and can be processed in a meaningful way. In her session, Debbie Altham from Sikich looks at what ‘all the fuss is about’ when it comes to data and analytics for mid-sized manufacturers.  She will walk through these key data questions and topics:
    • Is big data relevant if you haven’t sorted your little data?
    • What are market leaders doing to collect and then monetize data?
    • Where should you start on your data-modernization journey?
    • Today’s modern Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning tools – breaking down the barriers to access.

How Valued Workers Can Use Autonomous Mobile Robots to Improve Efficiency and Boost Productivity  |  Jason Walker, Waypoint Robotics: 

  • Companies of all sizes struggle with increasing demand and a shrinking workforce, but autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) can help streamline processes and support workers to boost output. We’ll provide an overview of AMR benefits and show how including workers early in automation efforts creates pride of ownership, reduces resistance, unleashes creativity, and ultimately speeds deployments. We’ll provide guidance on choosing intuitive and easy to use equipment that will engage the workforce and enable quick productivity gains.  Session takeaways include:
    • AMR basics and how AMRs can be used to automate material movement so workers can focus on valuable jobs  
    • How to engage the workforce from the start to speed deployment & ensure project success  
    • What to look for when buying mobile robots to ensure the workforce is well served and included in the automated future of the company


We encourage you to send many of your team to participate in this virtual learning opportunity.

  • $49.00/person
  • $99.00/company

Presented in partnership by:


Cost: $49/person, or $99/company.

Sponsor: IMEC, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, and John Wood Community College

Contact Name: Emily Lee

Contact Phone: 608-445-4905

Contact Emailelee@imec.org


March 24
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
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